Resources

Welcome to the resources page!

This page will provide you with all the best resources to help you on your journey to well-being. Whether you are trying to remove anxiety and depression from your life or wanting to change or create something new or better for yourself or your loved ones, this is where I provide my guidance and recommendations on the best psychology and self -help material around.

I have been studying psychology and self-help material since I was 18 years old. That is just over 24 years of experience and knowledge about what material is out there and what I believe have been some of the most helpful articles, books, audios and websites that have really helped me in my journey and now I invite you to take a shortcut to some of THE best stuff out there.

Below you will find a list of psychology, self-help book recommendations, websites and specific articles that I think have the capacity to really make a difference in your life or your loved one’s life if that is why you are here.

Disclosure: The books and resources below are affiliate linked as they are based on my 24 years of personal and professional experience which I am providing here free for you to help save you time in looking for the best of the best in self help material. Thank you in advance for using my links if you do decide to purchase this awesome self-help material!

Highly Recommended Self-Help Books

The Power of Intention – Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

In this seminal work on the power that we have through our thoughts to live life at a higher level of conscious and manifest what we want, Dr. Dyer explains what he calls the 7 faces of intention. He admitted in a talk with Esther Hicks, that at the time he wrote the book he was very much into the teaching of Abraham and this book does reflect his own deep understanding of how to attract everything from health to wealth into your life. I absolutely love this book and there truly is a power in being able to hold your intention clearly about what you absolutely will manifest into your life!

Feeling Good: A New Mood Therapy by Dr. David Burns

I stumbled upon Dr. Burns’ book during early in my studies in psychology. I remember looking for resources on cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and finding his book in the university library. This book had a profound and lasting effect on my life and led me to become very interested in how we can identify negative and faulty thinking which can cause so much emotional mayhem in our lives and learn to transform those thoughts into more objective, rational, positive and self-affirming thinking. I have used and adapted my own version of the CBT tools over the years and still use CBT with my clients as well as with my own thinking. If done correctly, it never fails to deliver.

The Food Mood Solution by Jack Challem

An excellent book describing the role of various vitamins, minerals and supplements and the connection between certain foods and our brain, body and our emotional states.

This is a comprehensive book which will show you which foods boost the various neurotransmitters in our bodies and brains so that you can be more deliberate about which foods and drinks you have each day to ensure your optimum mental health.

Highly Recommended books on Psychiatry and Antidepressants

Anatomy of an Epidemic by Robert Whitaker

This was THE book that started me on an amazing odyssey of searching for the truth about psychiatry and the antidepressant drugs they have been peddling to the world for over 60 years now…leaving a trail of destruction in their wake. And I was nearly one of their fatalities. All I can say is THANK GOD for Mr. Robert Whitaker.

Bob is a prize winning investigative journalist and best selling author who stumbled across the whole issue of psychiatry’s and the pharmaceutical industry’s epidemic of drugs that they have unleashed upon the world and the resulting damage and devastation they have done to hundreds and thousands of people.

In Anatomy of an Epidemic – Robert deep dives into the pharmaceutical and psychiatric research that supposedly showed that depression is caused by a lack of serotonin in the brain and that their drugs were safe and effective “treatment” for anxiety and depression. And he rips them to shreds.

This is an absolute MUST for anyone who is serious about understanding the worldwide epidemic as well as anyone wanting proof and comfort that these drugs are not the answer.

Prozac Backlash by Dr. Joseph GlenMullen

An early pioneering work that was one of the first books which dealt with the real issues surrounding the rise of antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil and other drugs that were already selling in the millions and billions of dollars. Dr. Glenmullen was one of the first to step forward and say that – with scientific rigour and critical analysis of the literature and the theory – the chemical imbalance theory of anxiety and depression had never been proven. It is an in-depth and powerful book that first highlighted in black and white the issue around the impact of these drugs on: memory, sexual drive and other cognitive and physical functions. It also highlighted the major problem of antidepressant drug WITHDRAWAL and how difficult it was for people to get off them. It is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the world of psychiatric drugs.

Saving Normal – by Dr Allen Frances

Dr. Frances was the chair for the development of psychiatry’s bible – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) – when the fourth edition was being developed. After retiring and spending time with his grandchildren he attended a cocktail event in celebration of the review of the DSM to its next iteration which would be called the DSM-V. During this get together with, and whilst trying not to get too involved in any conversations, he found himself being drawn into a vicious debate with his friends and colleagues about what “normal” was and how maybe things were going too far. This led to him coming out of retirement in opposition to his many of his own colleagues in the psychiatric community. Dr. Frances argues that we are stigmatising healthy people with all the diagnostic labels for just about anything under the sun…and not only that…psychiatrists are then eagerly (with Big Pharma’s backing) finding drugs that will save us all. Except they are not saving us at all…they are destroying our humanity. A great read.

Recently, Dr. Allen was interviewed live on CNN by award winning investigative journalist  – Christiane Amanpour – where he stated his views quite clearly.

Here is a link to that interview: https://edition.cnn.com/videos/tv/2018/05/17/amanpour-allen-frances-antidepressants-interview.cnn

Highly Recommended Websites

Anti-Depressant Information 

Mad in America – Robert Whitaker’s amazing site dedicated to raising awareness about mental health issues and in particular – the drawbacks of psychiatric medication use in adults and young children.

Inner Compass Initiative – is a  not for profit online resource hub and support website created by Laura Delano – who was one of the first people I was in contact with when my story was being prepared for Robert Whitaker’s website. Laura calls herself a survivor of psychiatry and after getting off psychiatric drugs herself has taken up the cause of educating the public and vying for social change through the Inner Compass  Initiative

Surviving Anti-Depressants.org – A great peer support website for anyone struggling with coming off or being on psychiatric medications.

Primrose Lodge – is a 24/7 drug rehabilitation provider in the United Kingdom. They provide an immediate telephone response to those struggling with addiction issues. They offer a range of treatment services and rehabilitation support.

The Icarus Project’s Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Anti-Depressants – This guide brings together information learned at The Icarus Project and Freedom Center. It is not intended to persuade anyone to stop taking psychiatric medications, but instead aims to educate people about their options if they decide to explore going off. In a culture polarized between the pro-medication propaganda of pharmaceutical companies on the one hand, and the anti-medication agenda of some activists on the other, we offer a harm reduction approach to help people make their own decisions. We also present ideas and information for people who decide to stay on or reduce their medications. Many people do find psychiatric drugs helpful and choose to continue taking them: even with the risks, this may be a better option given someone’s situation and circumstances. At the same time, psychiatric drugs carry great dangers and can sometimes do terrible harm, even becoming bigger problems than the conditions they were prescribed to treat. Too often, people who need help getting off psychiatric drugs are left without guidance, and medication decisions can feel like finding your way through a labyrinth.

For Depression

Beyond Blue  – Australia’s Premier Not-For-Profit Organisation focused on providing information and support to those suffering with anxiety and depression as well as providing a forum for raising awareness and removing the stigma that is unfortunately still attached to mental health issues.

Black Dog Institute – is a not for profit educational and social awareness organisation that provides a range of online and face to face training and resources around mental health conditions, in particular depression. “The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. We are about creating a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern, immediacy and seriousness as physical illness; where scientists work to discover the causes of illness and new treatments, and where discoveries are immediately put into practice through health services, technology and community education”.

The Institute for Clinical Interventions – Depression – A fantastic contribution from a specialist state-wide program that is administered through North Metropolitan Health Services in Western Australia. They conduct clinically applied psycho-social research and provide training and supervision for various psychological interventions.

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Useful Articles:

The relationship between sleep and depression by Tuck Sleep

7 Strategies to Break Anxiety Addiction 

Anxiety & Chronic Pain: A Self-Help Guide for People Who Have Both Anxiety and Chronic Pain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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